When CTV announced that this season of The Amazing Race Canada would feature teams who have proven their resilience and are basically embracing second chances, we knew we’d hear some really incredible stories. But after speaking with Halifax twins Meaghan and Marie Wright, we have to say that their tale is one of the most jaw-dropping of all.
Not only did the 25-year-olds tragically lose their mother when they were 14, but in 2016 the unthinkable happened: Marie broke her neck from a fall down a very large hill.
“The doctor told me I would potentially only regain up to 50 per cent of my mobility,” she says. “I was lucky enough to reach further than that and I’m lucky enough to be walking, let alone breathing.”
A positive outlook
These days the only trace of Marie’s harrowing injury is back pain, something that she doesn’t take for granted in the slightest.
“I’m pretty fortunate after that accident and I think in turn breaking my neck ended up being one of the most bittersweet things,” she adds. “It taught me a lot and it really helped me become a more resilient person.”
That positive attitude is a learned behaviour for both women. At an early age they decided to flip any and all negative energy into the positive, something that got them all the way to the second-to-last round of interviews during casting on the second season of The Amazing Race Canada. Obviously it wasn’t meant to be their time then, but they’re ready to race and show the country what they’ve got now.
“A lot of things happened over the years where we weren’t fortunately able to apply again,” Marie explains. “This year when we knew we were ready that was the trigger. We knew this year was our season and was our time, because we felt mentally and physically ready.”
Female role models
Having lost their mother at a formative age, the twins say they’ve always had to rely on each other for pretty much everything. They’re not just sisters, but they’re best friends who live together and work together running their own media production company, Mirror Image Media. In their pursuits they’ve even interviewed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, but it’s female mentorship that they seek most.
“Our dad is amazing too, but one thing we always say is it’s kind of like we raised each other as females,” Meaghan says. “We definitely seek a lot of female role models both professionally and personally. But our dynamic in terms of being twin sisters, we’ve had 25 years to essentially practice. We’re each other’s role models and we’re very grateful and lucky to have each other, especially through the hard times.”
Hopefully there won’t be too many of those when Marie and Meaghan take the starting line on The Amazing Race Canada. It all kicks off on Tuesday, July 2 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.